It can be confusing to make a choice about the best Indochina tour when there are so many options available.
Researching online, scrolling through countless companies, deals, and tour reviews, it’s any wonder tours get booked at all.
The truth is, most people trying to decide on the best tour for their needs, base their decision on a little research and gut feel. And while things probably turn out okay in the end, wouldn’t it be good to feel confident about your decision right from the start?
Taking an Indochina tour is a little different from traveling elsewhere. With much of the region still developing economically, it’s not where you’ll find luxury on every corner – and this provides much of its appeal to western travelers.
With countries like Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam very much retaining their natural appeal in a more relaxed pace, enduring culture and traditions, and unaffected people, the curiosity of western travelers is more easily satisfied.
So, if you definitely know an Indochina tour is on the cards, take the time to investigate the options, regardless of whether you choose to spend five days or 15. That way, you’ll be prepared for your Indochina tour in a way that lays the foundation for beautiful travel memories.
An ideal place to start is considering the type of tour that will work for you. Many tour companies offer small group tours, private tours, and customized or tailor-made tours. With that in mind, let’s look at each of the options in more detail.
Small group Indochina tours
For a traveler who’s always made their own travel arrangements, taking a small group might seem like giving into the convention, but it doesn’t need to be that way.
Small group tours, especially to countries in Indochina like Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, can be a real bonus.
For a start, unless you’re fluent in the local language, communication can be a real challenge to getting around. Yes, English is becoming more prevalent in places, but for travel to more remote or rural areas, it’s not so easy.
Traveling with a small group, under the leadership of a bilingual guide, makes things far simpler, and in many ways, more enjoyable. Local guides share their knowledge and experience of their country’s culture, history, and cuisine in ways you just don’t have when you travel on your own. In fact, read any Indochina tour reviews and you’ll find countless examples of praise for the guides. Without question, they can make or break your travel experience.
A small group tour is a great way to meet other like-minded travel buffs. While you might have reservations about who you share a tour with, you may find yourself surprised too. Traveling with others creates connections, provides opportunities for lively conversation, and people to share meals and travel memory moments with. In fact, at the end of your tour, you might even feel you’ve known your tour travel buddies forever!
Other benefits of a small group tour are:
● Fixed departure dates – No need to work out the logistics because it’s all arranged for you.
● Set itineraries – Leave the planning to someone else who knows the best places to see and experience.
● Bilingual guides – Forget trying to make yourself understood and get help from people who are local to each destination.
Of course, there’s a downside to small group tours too. You do need to be considerate of others’ needs and interests, so compromise is part of package. But if you don’t mind sharing, a small group tour, especially in a place like Indochina, makes for interesting and enriching travel.
Private Indochina tours
Private Indochina tours offer a little extra something to your travel experience. Often following the same itinerary as small group tours, the key distinction is you have your own private tour. That’s right, no sharing is required!
Whether you’re traveling solo, or with your own group of family, friends or colleagues, taking a private tour makes for a more personal experience. With your days spent listening and chatting to your guide, you’ll feel like you’re friends when it comes time to move on to your next destination.